Winter Games Athletes
Isaacson has qualified for the Olympics on both of his attempts. In 2010, Isaacson was the second on John Shuster's team, but he's now the vice skip at Sochi. The team will be looking to make a dramatic improvement this time after finishing last in Vancouver by losing seven of nine matches. Since then, Isaacson has only managed to reach the podium at the U.S. Olympic trials before clinching a return to the Winter Games by beating the Czech Republic 8-5 in a playoff at the qualifying tournament in December. Much of Isaacson's success has come domestically, winning the 2009 U.S. championship after placing sixth a year earlier. He won silver in 2002 and bronze in '13. Winning the 2007 World University Games stands as his only international gold. Still, Isaacson's familiarity with Shuster's approach may prove valuable in 2014.